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Red Sea shark attack: Second woman killed 650ft away from where Austrian pensioner, 68, died

A second woman has died at a tourist attraction in Egypt from a shark attack after horrific images emerged of another Austrian pensioner killed 200 meters away.

According to eyewitnesses, Egyptian authorities have admitted that another lifeless body was recovered from the sea after it was found on a reef in Sahl Hasheesh, south of Hurghada.

The woman’s identity has not been released, but she is believed to have been a Romanian tourist who stayed at the five-star Premiere Le Reve adults-only hotel.

This latest death is said to have happened at the same time as the first woman from Kramsach, Tyrol, walked in shallow water using a finned snorkel not far from the beach at Hurghada and told her partner, ‘I’m going back inside. for a moment’.

Footage shows her screaming for safety using a flipper as the water around her turns scarlet in Sahl Hasheesh Bay, south of Hurghada, in the Red Sea.

Terrified onlookers tried to distract the animal, believed to be a Mako or Oceanic whitetip shark, but no one jumped in to help her.

An Egyptian health official said she was then taken to the private Nile hospital, where she could not be resuscitated and is believed to have died of a ‘painful shock’ – most likely a heart attack.

The Austrian embassy in Cairo said she had been in the country for a month with her partner, an Egyptian, and would return home today.

Yesterday, officials from the Red Sea government told reporters that the area of ​​the attack and Hurghada would be closed to all marine activities, including fishing and diving. The beach has been deserted after the dead, but will most likely reopen tomorrow.

The Austrian tourist, who was married to an Egyptian man, used a flipper to yell back to shore

She died of 'painful shock' after reportedly losing an arm and a leg

The Austrian tourist, who was married to an Egyptian man, tried to shout back to shore with a flipper. But she died of ‘painful shock’ after reportedly losing an arm and a leg

Both attacks took place very close by, the first woman was retrieved from the water in Sahl Hasheesh, south of Hurghada,

Both attacks took place very close by, the first woman was retrieved from the water in Sahl Hasheesh, south of Hurghada,

The Austrian pensioner, 68, died of 'painful shock' - most likely a heart attack - after the attack on Sahl Hasheesh Bay, south of Hurghada, in the Red Sea on Friday

The Austrian pensioner, 68, died of ‘painful shock’ – most likely a heart attack – after the attack on Sahl Hasheesh Bay, south of Hurghada, in the Red Sea on Friday

Bystanders screamed for help and tried to distract the shark, but didn't jump in

They gathered on a nearby jetty at the Red Sea resort, where the beaches have now been closed for three days

Shocked onlookers (left and right) screamed for help and tried to distract the shark, but didn’t jump in

Concerned witnesses were pictured watching as the woman received urgent care from doctors

Concerned witnesses were pictured watching as the woman received urgent care from doctors

What is a Mako shark?

A shortfin mako shark is a species of fast, active, and potentially dangerous shark of the shortfin mako family.

There is a shortfin and longfin type depending on whether it is open or shallow water.

Adults, prized for their fighting abilities and repeated jumps from the water, can reach 4.5 meters in length and weigh more than 500 kg.

They prey on fish such as herring, mackerel, swordfish and small cetaceans.

Source: Britannica

The same unnamed Russian tourist who filmed footage — too graphic to show — in the wake of the first attack posted a new video showing the location of the second fatal incident.

He used his finger to explain and said, “This is a small lagoon where we saw… [the shark] For the first time.

“And we didn’t know it was a shark.

‘The attack I filmed’ [earlier] was here” – he points to the pier.

“And the second woman’s body was pulled out about here.”

Hundreds of tourists had seen the first attack on the Austrian woman snorkelling, with webbed feet, when she was attacked, and complained that there were no lifeguards as swimmers fled the sea.

The Russian witness said: ‘I saw the shark twisting and turning the woman in the water. I couldn’t film it, but she was twisted in the water.’

Earlier he told how he saw the woman ‘fighting’ [the shark] first with her hands, but apparently the shark bit off her leg first with a flipper, then her hand, throwing it at the corals.

‘She was already sitting on the corals and showed her hand [and] leg. she was in [a state of] shock. She didn’t even scream, didn’t cry, nothing.’

After miraculously making her way back to the country, the German woman was resuscitated at the scene by doctors, but she died minutes later in an ambulance.

According to Tiroler Tageszeitung, the Austrian Foreign Ministry is in contact with relatives, including the woman’s daughter, and local authorities

It said she was walking not far from the beach within the designated spa when she was attacked and it was still unclear how the shark got so close to her.

What is an Oceanic Whitetip Shark?

oceanic whitetip sharks, are large stocky sharks with huge, rounded first dorsal fins and long, broad pectoral fins.

They grow to a total length of 4 meters with a maximum weight of 168 kg and usually live to be 22 years old.

Source: Marine Bio

Video shows witnesses on a nearby jetty recording the woman’s survival attempt and commenting on her predicament.

A group of Russian tourists is heard saying, ‘Where are the rescuers?

“F***, she’s covered in blood. Holy ***.

‘Where’s the rescue team? ‘For God sake.

‘Rescuers? Where are the rescue squads? She’s fucking dying!’

The 68-year-old woman, who lost a leg and an arm, died shortly after being taken to the private Nile hospital in Hurghada, an Egyptian health official said.

She was barely alive when she was admitted Friday, the official said, adding that attempts by medical personnel to resuscitate her failed.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

The governor of the Red Sea province closed off the area for three days and banned all “sea activities,” including diving, snorkeling, windsurfing and kite sailing.

Fishing boats were also banned from Hurghada’s waters. A local report quoted by the Russian news agency RIA Novosti added: “The woman died in the ambulance from a painful shock.”

Reports from the AFP news agency and Austrian news outlets indicate that the attack was perpetrated by a Mako shark, while local Egyptian newspapers have named the animal as an Oceanic whitetip shark.

Austrian tourist was pictured shouting for safety

The waters around her turned scarlet as she used a flipper to get back to shore

The Austrian tourist was pictured screaming for safety as the water around her turned scarlet. She used a flipper to find her way back to shore

The Red Sea area around Sharm el Sheikh (pictured) is extremely popular with foreign tourists

The Red Sea area around Sharm el Sheikh (pictured) is extremely popular with foreign tourists

Sharks attack in the Red Sea

In June 2021, a parasailer, a 37-year-old Jordanian man, was bitten in the leg by a shark.

In December 2020, a German woman, 42, was mauled by a shark while diving near Marsa Alam.

In October 2020, a 12-year-old Ukrainian boy vacationing in Egypt and his guide lost limbs after being attacked by an oceanic whitetip shark.

In August 2018, a 41-year-old Czech tourist died after being attacked 20 miles north of the town of Marsa Alam.

In 2010, five shark attacks took place in Sharm el Sheikh in the same number of days.

The Environment Ministry announced today that an expert group was investigating the attacks, which are considered rare in the area.

Popular with Russian tourists, the resort remains open to them despite the war in Ukraine unlike many European destinations.

“We ask Russian citizens to remain vigilant when in the water and to strictly follow the bans imposed by the Egyptian authorities for swimming, diving and fishing on the high seas and off the coast,” tourists were told by their consulate. General in Hurghada.

They were told to “strictly follow signals from hotel employees and the Coast Guard.”

Shark attacks in Egypt are rare – but the Red Sea has more than 44 species of fish, some of which can be deadly.

The most common are six-foot gray reef sharks, which have 13 or 14 sharp teeth.

They swim in shallow waters about 60 meters deep or less.

In June 2021, a tandem parasailer, a 37-year-old Jordanian man, was floating above the water in Aqaba when a shark suddenly emerged and bit his leg.

The man lost part of the back of his foot in the attack, which also saw tendons being severed, muscles torn and several bones broken.

In December 2020, a German woman was killed by a shark while diving in the Red Sea before instructors rescued her.

The oceanic whitetip shark clung to the female, 42, near Marsa Alam in Egypt.

The tourist has been taken to hospital where she is recovering in ‘stable condition’, said Red Sea governor Amr Hanafi.

In October 2020, a 12-year-old Ukrainian boy vacationing in Egypt and his guide lost limbs after being attacked by an oceanic whitetip shark.

The couple had to be amputated after the brutal incident at the Ras Muhammad resort in the Red Sea.

And in 2010, five shark attacks took place in Sharm el Sheikh in the same number of days.

Three Russians, a Ukrainian and a German tourist were injured.

The German tourist, 71-year-old holidaymaker Renata Seifert, died of her injuries.

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